How to apply for a premises licence

Fees and how to apply


The relevant fee for the premises is based on rateable value. The fee structure is set by the government, not the council. The rateable value of your property can be found on the Valuation Office Agency website (GOV.UK)

Any premises where a licensable activity is carried out must be licensed. Otherwise this will be an unauthorised licensable activity which carries a £20,000 fine and or up to six months in prison.

Once you have been granted a premises licence we will send you an invoice every year for the annual fee which is also based on the rateable value of your premises.

Rateable value band followed by application fee and annual fee:

  • A: £100 and £70
  • B: £190 and £180
  • C: £315 and £295
  • D: £450 and £320
  • E: £635 and £350 

How to apply

Apply for a premises licence

Alternatively you can download the premises licence application form (PDF) and return it to the address on the form. A copy must be sent to all the responsible authorities.

Time period for council to normally approve the application

Two months

What happens if your application is not processed by this council within the normal approved time period (Tacit consent)?

It is in the public interest that this council must process the application. It may be required to consult other external agencies prior to making a decision, therefore should you not receive confirmation that your licence application has been granted or rejected within two months of submission, you may not commence your business.

If you have not heard from us in the time period

Complete our contact form

Complaints concerning the process:

In the first instance, please use our contact form 

Any person who is refused a licence or objects to a condition attached to a licence may appeal to the local Magistrates Court.

Any change in circumstances:

If you wish to vary any licence condition or change premises or proprietor a fresh application will be required.

Last updated: 13/12/2017 14:18